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Engage in a social cause that helps the broader community - from your employees to the larger community you serve.

1. Support the wellbeing of your employees.

The Workplace Wellness Campaign is a program of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute in partnership with the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce and the New Jersey Business and Industry Association.  The Workplace Wellness Campaign will equip CEOs and other key business leaders with the tools to develop and implement active-living initiatives for their employees with the ultimate goal of improving health and reducing health care costs.

Action: Describe the actions taken to implement the Workplace Wellness Campaign program.  Provide measurable results, for example, sick days reduced and associated cost savings.

2. Improve Indoor Air Quality

• Maintain a good working relationship with building management on indoor environmentalissues.
• Place office furniture and equipment in locations based on the adequate air circulation, temperature control, and pollutant removal functions of the HVAC system.
• Coordinate with building management when responsibility for design, operation, and maintenance of the ventilation system is shared.
• Avoid procedures and products that can cause IAQ problems.
• Integrate IAQ concerns into purchasing decisions.
• Work with the building manager to ensure use of only necessary and appropriate pest-controlpractices; use nonchemical methods when possible.
• Work with building management and the contractor before starting to remodel or renovate to identify ways of minimizing building-occupant exposure, and to ensure that the air-distribution system is not disrupted.
• Encourage building management to develop a preventive IAQ management program following guidance issued by the EPA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Source: Indoor Air Quality in Commercial and Institutional Buildings

Action:  Identify and describeaction taken to improve the indoor air quality for your employees.

3. Serve Customers with Disabilities

• Train your staff in disability etiquette.
• Have a pad of paper handy in case a customer is deaf or unable to speak.
• Welcome service animals into your establishment. Service animals assist people with all types of disabilities, including individuals who are blind, deaf, have epilepsy, use wheelchairs, and many others.
• Make sure your staff is aware of your business’s accessible features, policies, and practices, and is trained to respond accurately to questions about them.
• Before denying a disability-related request, consider alternative solutions, which may include borrowing or renting equipment, providing curb or home delivery, retrieving merchandise from inaccessible shelves or racks, and relocating activities to accessible locations. Access will increase revenue and does not have to cost a lot of money.
• Include customers with disabilities in your emergency evacuation plan.
• Make sure that your business’s website is accessible. For example, provide “alt tags” (descriptive text) with images.
• Use available federal tax incentives to make your business more accessible and to hire employees with disabilities. (See “Resources” below.) Many states also offer tax incentives.
• Remember, people with disabilities are your customers.
Source: American Disabilities Act – Quick Tips: Customer Services

Action: Identify policies and practices that you have implemented to help to welcome customers with disabilities.

4. Support Community Initiatives

Does your municipality host a YMCA?  If yes, you may choose to participate in the Y-USA’s Healthier Communities Initiatives that empower communities with strategies and models for creating and sustaining positive change in support of healthy living.

Action: Describe participation or sponsorship of community environmental or social projects or events (outreach to citizen groups, schools, etc.).

5. Adopt a Cause or Project in your Community

You can help a community by adopting a cause or project.   You may even adopt a local team and support their efforts.  Examples of some programs in New Jersey are listed below:
Adopt-A-Stream in Bergen County
Adopt-A-Stream Great Swamp Watershed Association
Adopt-A-Street in Salem
Adopt-A-Street and Lot in Camden
Adopt-A-Lot in Newark

Action: Describe actions you have taken to help your community by adopting a cause or project.

6. Sustainable Jersey

Sustainable Jersey is a certification program for municipalities in New Jersey that want to go green, save money and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term. Participating Communities accrue points by implementing actions in a variety of categories to become certified in the program.  Under the Local Economies category you will find an action for a Green Business Recognition Program.

If your business is participating in your community’s Green Business Recognition Program please describe the steps you have taken to achieve recognition.